Warwickshire, like every other area of the country is faced with the challenge of tackling the issue of children going missing from home, care or school, being abused through child sexual exploitation and being trafficked.  These issues have been a key, strategic priority for WSCB; to reduce the number of young people harmed by child sexual exploitation.  The board have adopted a wider strategy due to the interconnections between child sexual exploitation, children who go missing and trafficking.  These issues cannot be dealt with in isolation and requires a multi-agency approach.

Professionals in all agencies should be alert to the possibility that a child they are in contact with may be being sexually exploited. The professional may already have concerns about the child e.g. that s/he is missing school, frequently missing from home, misusing substances, is depressed or self-harming, etc.  

Initial Response
Professionals should disuss their concerns with their agency's CSE lead professional or designated safeguarding adviser and together, should use the Risk Assessment Framework to make an initial assessment of risk of harm to the child.  

Assessment Framework
The new Assessement Framework is to be used by any professional, including volunteer staff, who have concerns that a child may be at risk of, or experiencing CSE.  It can be used to inform the decision about whether to offer early help or refer to Children's Social Care and also help to structure an early help assessement or referral.  Section 2 of WSCB Interagency Safeguarding Procedures includes detailed Child Sexual Exploitation guidance for all multi-agency professionals including the new assessment framework: 

  • Multi-agency partner agencies should utilise the CSE Multi-Agency Assessment Framework (appendix 1) 
  • Children's Social Care should utilise the National Working Group (NWG) Child (Sexual) Exploitation Assessment Tool (appendix 4)

Making a referral
If the decision has been made to make a referral to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), a Multi-Agency Referral Form (MARF) must be completed along with an accompanying copy of the CSE Multi-Agency Assessment Framework (multi-agency partner agencies) and send to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where to get support
Warwickshire Child Sexual Exploitation, Missing and Trafficking Team - telephone 01926 684490 or 01926 742226, or visit the website: www.warwickshirecse.co.uk

Further information
Child Sexual Exploitation Annual Report 2016-2017
Warwickshire Missing, Exploited and Trafficked Children Strategy 2017-2020
Guidance to consent

WSCB and Barnardo's deliver full day multi-agency CSE training courses throughout the year.  For programme details, click here.

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